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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili
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Cabbage Roll Casserole
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Quesadilla Casserole
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Fresh Tomato Salsa
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Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce
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Homemade Sun-dried Tomatoes
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Italian Sausage Soup
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Peanut Butter Burger
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Kale Salad With Cherry Tomatoes
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Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad
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Italian Pasta Salad
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Roasted Vegetable Sandwich
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Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna
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Vegetarian Taco Casserole
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Tri Color Pasta Salad
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Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup
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Roasted Cantaloupe Salad
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew With Cooking Wine
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Slow Cooker Green Beans and Tomatoes
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Ricotta and Tomato Tea Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

EASY Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili is packed full of pumpkin, ground turkey, beans, vegetables and Mexican spices. This healthy, hearty chili is perfect for chilly fall and winter nights. Serve this pumpkin chili with cornbread or tortilla chips and your favorite toppings. And be sure to keep this recipe in mind for a football watch party, game night, or office potluck!

EASY Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili is packed full of pumpkin, ground turkey, beans, vegetables and Mexican spices. This healthy, hearty chili is perfect for chilly fall and winter nights. Serve this pumpkin chili with cornbread or tortilla chips and your favorite toppings. And be sure to keep this recipe in mind for a football watch party, game night, or office potluck!

In this Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili recipe we have the usual chili ingredients, but then we’re adding in pumpkin! Pumpkin works so well in chili recipes because it adds a wonderful creaminess and a very subtle sweet, earthy undertone that takes this recipe to a whole new level of delicious. As an added plus, pumpkin is full of a wide variety of nutrients and is an excellent source of Vitamin A and C. It’s an amazing way to make your dinner or pumpkin brownies more healthy and better for you. Who doesn’t want that?

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Cabbage Roll Casserole

Cabbage Roll Casserole has all the same flavor as classic baked cabbage rolls, but with way less work! This unstuffed cabbage roll casserole combines layers of meat, rice, tomatoes and cabbage for an easy adaptation of the classic cabbage roll that is perfect for a busy weeknight meal!

Cabbage Roll Casserole has all the same flavor as classic baked cabbage rolls, but with way less work! This unstuffed cabbage roll casserole combines layers of meat, rice, tomatoes and cabbage for an easy adaptation of the classic cabbage roll that is perfect for a busy weeknight meal!

If you love cabbage rolls, but don’t love all the work involved, this easy baked cabbage roll casserole is for you! It’s definitely one of my favorite meals to prepare.  It’s super easy, hearty, filling and the perfect choice for an easy dinner option.

As a girl, I would always look forward to when my Mom told me it was Cabbage Roll night!  Her cabbage rolls were passed on to by her Polish Mother, and now I’m sharing it in casserole form. 

I’ve always been a fan of baked cabbage rolls and as delicious as they are, I’m not a fan of how much work goes into making them. There’s boiling the cabbage, making the filling, wrapping everything up and then the bake time, it can turn into an all day affair! This cabbage roll casserole has all the same yumminess as the traditional cabbage rolls, but with a fraction of the prep time.

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Quesadilla Casserole

This Quesadilla Casserole is an easy Mexican casserole recipe that includes layers of tortillas, ground beef, black beans, corn and cheese, all baked together for dinner perfection. A quick and simple meal that the whole family will love!

This Quesadilla Casserole is an easy Mexican casserole recipe that includes layers of tortillas, ground beef, black beans, corn and cheese, all baked together for dinner perfection. A quick and simple meal that the whole family will love!

I make Mexican food for dinner at least once a week, I often whip up Chicken Tortilla Soup, Slow Cooker Chicken TacosMexican Lasagna or this fabulous Quesadilla Casserole. Add your favorite toppings and watch the rave reviews come in!

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Fresh Tomato Salsa

FRESH Tomato Salsa made with roma tomatoes straight from our garden! This easy homemade salsa recipe is made in minutes with tomatoes, onion, green bell pepper, cilantro, and red pepper flakes! Friends BEG me to make this salsa because it’s everyone’s favorite! Serve with chips or with your next Mexican meal!

FRESH Tomato Salsa made with roma tomatoes straight from our garden! This easy homemade salsa recipe is made in minutes with tomatoes, onion, green bell pepper, cilantro, and red pepper flakes! Friends BEG me to make this salsa because it’s everyone’s favorite! Serve with chips or with your next Mexican meal!

This right here is my go-to salsa. This Fresh Tomato Salsa wins hearts and it makes bellies happy! It’s a win-win situation! We make this salsa all the time to snack on, it’s also one of my most requested recipes to make to bring to friends’ houses during the summer!

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Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce

ROASTED Cherry Tomato Sauce is sweet, creamy and SO EASY to make! This is the best recipe for growing garden tomatoes! You can serve immediately on pasta, can it or freeze it! Find out why thousands of people love this sauce!

ROASTED Cherry Tomato Sauce is sweet, creamy and SO EASY to make! This is the best recipe for growing garden tomatoes! You can serve immediately on pasta, can it or freeze it! Find out why thousands of people love this sauce!

My life has officially been taken over by tomatoes.   Is there anything else to talk about except tomatoes right now?    Tomato this, tomato that, do the tomato dance.

Do you know how many cherry tomatoes are in this big bowl below? 16 cups! And there’s a few plants that need to be picked… so double that or more.  And that’s just cherry tomatoes!

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Homemade Sun-dried Tomatoes

Oven Baked Sun-dried Tomatoes in olive oil and Italian spices recipe.  This easy homemade recipe will leave your kitchen smelling great and you saying MMMMMM! Includes directions on how to make and freeze sun-dried tomatoes. Use them in pasta, chicken, shrimp, bread, pizza, dip and so many other recipes!

When life gives you a whole lot of tomatoes you make cherry tomato sauce, roma tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato soup, slow cooker tomatoes….. and then you make these Sun-dried Tomatoes!  Can you tell I really love tomatoes?

Oven Baked Sun-dried Tomatoes in olive oil and Italian spices recipe.  This easy homemade recipe will leave your kitchen smelling great and you saying MMMMMM! Includes directions on how to make and freeze sun-dried tomatoes. Use them in pasta, chicken, shrimp, bread, pizza, dip and so many other recipes!

How to Make Sun-Dried Tomatoes in the Oven

Baking the tomatoes in my opinion makes the best sun-dried tomatoes.  They’re rich in flavor, they don’t loose their color and they taste as authentic as those fancy store bought bottles that cost a small fortune.

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Italian Sausage Soup

Italian Sausage Soup with collard greens, white beans and diced tomatoes. Your entire family is going to love this easy to make hearty soup, and even better it’s only 180 calories a serving!  This creamy soup is dairy free, keto and low carb. 

Italian Sausage Soup with collard greens, white beans and diced tomatoes. Your entire family is going to love this easy to make hearty soup, and even better it's only 180 calories a serving!  This creamy soup is dairy free, keto and low carb. 

Italian Sausage Soup

This Italian Sausage Soup is one of my family’s favorites! It’s become a staple on our dinner table, no matter what the season.  In the Summer it’s perfect because you can use garden vegetables and really taste the freshness.  In the Winter, it’s the perfect bowl of comforting soup on a chilly night!

Italian Sausage Soup with collard greens, white beans and diced tomatoes. Your entire family is going to love this easy to make hearty soup, and even better it's only 180 calories a serving!  This creamy soup is dairy free, keto and low carb. 

You’re going to love how flavorful and zesty this Italian Soup is. It’s like you’ve gone on a Mediterranean vacation in your own kitchen!

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Peanut Butter Burger

Life changing Peanut Butter Burger recipe!  This healthy burger recipe is easy to make with ground turkey, bacon, cheese and creamy peanut butter.  Give it a try! 

Peanut Butter Burger

Life changing Peanut Butter Burger recipe!  This healthy burger recipe is easy to make with ground turkey, bacon, cheese and creamy peanut butter.  Give it a try! 

If I ask what my husband he wants for dinner, more than likely he will say “burgers.” What can I say, the man loves his burgers! This recipe is a twist on a basic burger recipe and packs a big taste punch with the creamy peanut butter and Worcestershire sauce. 

These burgers are made with ground turkey and then topped with bacon, cheese and your favorite toppings! My favorite toppings are dill pickles and tomatoes! What’s yours?

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Kale Salad With Cherry Tomatoes

Kale Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and olive oil dressing is a healthy salad recipe!  This easy salad includes massaged kale, cherry tomatoes and sweet peppers to make it a gorgeous rainbow salad! This salad is perfect for family dinners and big crowds. 

Kale Salad Recipe

Do you ever have a meal that you become obsessed with?   All of a sudden you don’t want a different meal every night, you want this one dish every single night until you get sick of it (which doesn’t seem because possible because you love it so much).  That’s how I feel about this kale salad recipe!  I LOVE IT!

Kale Salad with Cherry Tomatoes with olive oil dressing is a healthy salad recipe!  This easy salad includes massaged kale, cherry tomatoes and sweet peppers to make it a gorgeous rainbow salad! This salad is perfect for family dinners and big crowds. 

I’ve been living on this salad for lunch and dinner.   Even if Matthew talks me into making something else for dinner, I have a big side dish of this salad because I crave it so badly!  A few years ago I wasn’t even that into kale, and then we started growing it and my life was changed forever.   Move over lettuce and arugula, there’s a new best green for salads in town and it’s name is kale!
Kale Salad with Cherry Tomatoes with olive oil dressing is a healthy salad recipe!  This easy salad includes massaged kale, cherry tomatoes and sweet peppers to make it a gorgeous rainbow salad! This salad is perfect for family dinners and big crowds. 

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Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad

HEALTHY Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad with olive oil dressing! This super easy salad recipe is only 140 calories a serving! I love using fresh tomatoes, cucumber and onions from the garden! It’s completely dairy free too! 

The Best Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe

This Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad is the perfect fresh Summer salad.  Or if it’s not summertime, then it’s the perfect close your eyes and pretend it’s Summer salad!  It’s one of my favorite picnic side dishes! It includes a few garden favorites; tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion and fresh parsley so it’s ripe with flavor.  It also includes Albacore tuna which has a delicious, mild and clean flavor.  Trust me, you’re going to love it!
HEALTHY Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad with olive oil dressing! This super easy salad recipe is only 140 calories a serving! I love using fresh tomatoes, cucumber and onions from the garden! It's completely dairy free too! 

What to make with cucumbers and onions?

This is one of my favorite meals to make with cucumbers and onions! For this recipe you will need 5 large tomatoes, 1 small cucumber and 1/2 of a red onion.

Heirloom Garden Tomatoes

It’s still Winter here in NYC and I feel like we’ve had a colder than average last few months.  I’m sick of wearing my big Winter coat and pushing the stroller through the windy streets.  To comfort my need for wishing for a warmer day, I made this Summer feeling salad that has me dreaming of picking tomatoes in our vegetable garden.

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Italian Pasta Salad

EASY Italian Pasta Salad recipe!  This vegetarian recipe uses Italian dressing, tri color pasta, fresh cherry tomatoes, celery and arugula! It’s the perfect garden Summer salad!

Best Pasta Salad for Summer

When it’s hot out all I crave is fresh vegetables.    That’s why this Italian Pasta Salad is one of my favorite meals in the Summer! 

When it’s hot out, I don’t want to think about turning our oven on.  I also don’t want to even think about drinking or eating anything hot, instead I like to rely on chilled recipes, like Chilled Strawberry Soup and this Pasta Salad!

That’s why my family loves this recipe during the Summer months!
EASY Italian Pasta Salad recipe!  This vegetarian recipe uses Italian dressing, tri color pasta, fresh cherry tomatoes, celery and arugula! It's the perfect garden Summer salad!

One thing that I do enjoy about the Summer is that it means fresh vegetables are being picked in the garden by the handful.  And because this recipe is bursting with fresh cherry tomatoes, arugula and celery – it’s a garden lovers dream recipe!   I get so excited when we start to fill our basket with garden tomatoes, that means we’ll making this pasta salad often! 

If you wanted to add some more Summer time vegetables, you could even chop up some onions or green peppers to throw into this salad!

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Roasted Vegetable Sandwich

Healthy Roasted Vegetable Sandwich recipe that’s filled with veggies. This easy to make vegetarian dinner meal is only 550 calories, including roll and cheese!

Roasted Vegetable Sandwich

Roasted Vegetaable Sandwich

What I love about roasted vegetables is that it’s plug and play.  I am using mushrooms, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, potatoes and green beans in this recipe because they’re my favorite and they’re in season veggies from the garden but you do you.  Want to add onions, broccoli or squash? Go for it.  Ready to get your hoagie on?

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Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna

VEGETARIAN MEXICAN LASAGNA Bake is filled with vegetables, noodles, ricotta and mozzarella cheese! Taco seasoning gives it a delicious Mexican flavor! This healthy meal recipe is easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time for a quick weeknight meal, all you have to do is bake it!

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican food isn’t just about slow cooker tacos or taco casserole –  it’s also about lasagna! 

We are loving this dish right now in our house because it’s easy to make and filled with garden fresh veggies and comforting cheese.   Many times I’ll  prepare this lasagna earlier in the day so all I have to do is turn on the oven and throw it in when it’s dinner time.   Whenever I make this I text Matthew a photo of the lasagna and he’ll text back hearts and swoony faces.    

Back-to- school season is one of the busiest times of the year, and families are on the lookout for easy meals that deliver big on flavor.  This is a lasagna that the family will fall in love with.

Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna

This lasagna is filled with veggies that go perfect with the “Mexican” flavor.   Most vegetarian lasagna recipes use eggplant and zucchini but I don’t.  Why?  That’s easy.  We don’t grow those vegetables, hah.  Case closed.  

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Vegetarian Taco Casserole

Easy to make Vegetarian Taco Casserole recipe. Instead of meat, we use lots of vegetables and beans. This Mexican Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.

Vegetarian Taco Casserole

taco casserole

This Meatless Cheesy Taco Casserole is one of our favorite dinner recipes.  It’s one of those dishes that you don’t get sick of having multiple times a week (we love it that much).  Since trying to make more vegetarian meals for my family, I’ve had to figure out how to  change my original taco casserole recipe and that’s what I did for this dish.  Instead of ground beef, I’m adding in black beans and frozen corn.  

Mexican Vegetarian Recipe

Mix that with some elbow macaroni, fresh tomatoes, green peppers, tomato soup, taco seasoning mix and taco cheese and you have the perfect weeknight meal!  I don’t want to call this recipe healthy, because it does have the word “cheesy” in the title, but the recipe only calls for 3/4 cups of cheese and if you want you can even add less.    You could even skip the cheese if you want to! 

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Tri Color Pasta Salad

Easy recipe for the best tri color pasta salad!  This is the perfect Summer time salad that uses Italian dressing, fresh vegetables and rotini pasta! 

Tri Color Pasta Salad

 The great thing about pasta salad is once you have the basics of pasta, salad dressing, herbs – the vegetables are really up to you.  There needs some type of tomatoes (I prefer halved grape tomatoes).   There needs to be celery chopped up.   What else?  Well that’s up to you.  You can add carrots.  You can add onions.  You can add broccoli.  You can add chopped up cauliflower.  You can can add black olives (yum!).  

Tri Color Pasta Salad

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Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Authentic Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe!  This easy to make tortilla soup is made with a handful of ingredients that you already have in your kitchen!  I based this recipe on my favorite NYC Mexican restaurant – now I can make it healthy at home!

I love chicken tortilla soup – love, love love.  

Chicken Tortilla SoupAuthentic Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe!  This easy to make tortilla soup is made with a handful of ingredients that you already have in your kitchen!  I based this recipe on my favorite NYC Mexican restaurant - now I can make it healthy at home!

I used to get tortilla soup all the time from a local Mexican restaurant but one day I got some near closing time and it was a big disappointment   It was like they gave me the entire bottom of the pot that was sitting all day long with every ingredient soggy.

I was very upset.  That night I told myself I would match their tortilla soup with my own.  I would set up a table outside their restaurant serving small cups of my own soup and compare it to theirs.  

The neighborhood would love mine.  They would put me on their shoulders, parading me down the streets while chanting “tortilla soup, tortilla soup!”.  Well one of those things came true, I came up with a tortilla soup recipe that  is better than theirs.  *High Fives*

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Roasted Cantaloupe Salad

Healthy Roasted Cantaloupe Salad recipe made in 30 minutes.  It’s an easy savory and sweet melon tomato salad! I love this recipe for our garden Summer fruit!  This salad is vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. 

Roasted Cantaloupe Salad

It’s Winter but I’m craving Summer food.   Maybe it’s the cold, or maybe it’s the post holiday slump, but I am dreaming of garden fresh fruits and vegetables right now!  

It doesn’t matter if it’s Winter or Summer where you are right now – you want this Roasted Cantaloupe Salad!  Since it’s Winter in NYC,  I’ll have to settle for store bought melon and tomatoes, but the greens will still come from our garden!

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew With Cooking Wine

SLOW COOKER Beef Stew with Marsala Cooking Wine made in the crockpot in 6 hours! This easy recipe is packed with vegetables creating a full classic meal perfect for holiday entertaining or a family meal. My husband declares this one of the best dinners!
Tracking PixelSLOW COOKER Beef Stew with Marsala Cooking Wine made in the crockpot in 6 hours! This easy recipe is packed with vegetables creating a full classic meal. My husband declares this one of the best dinners!

This is one of my family’s favorite Slow Cooker Meals.  We always break out our crockpot when cold weather hits because I love being able to make a delicious meal for my family that I know is going to warm up their bellies!   

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Slow Cooker Green Beans and Tomatoes

SLOW COOKER Green Beans Recipe with Tomatoes! This easy recipe cooks fresh green beans, tomatoes, potatoes and bacon in a crock pot for 4 hours.  This is a healthy dish makes for delicious vegetable side dishes that you can serve over rice or as a side dish to chicken or Thanksgiving holiday dinners.  This has been become one of families favorite healthy thanksgiving recipes! 

Vegetable Side Dishes

Slow Cooker Green Beans

With the garden season almost complete for the year, I constantly want to come up with new recipes to try, especially those that will make yummy vegetable side dishes.  With pounds of green beans and  potatoes just dug up, I wanted to create an easy meal that could use all of them.  

At my home, vegetable side dishes are quite popular with the entire family – adults and kids. So, I decided to create a rainbow side dish with all these veggies that everyone would love!

For more vegetable side dishes, try my other green bean recipes.

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Ricotta and Tomato Tea Sandwiches

EASY Ricotta and Tomato Tea Sandwiches made with tomatoes and an easy homemade ricotta garlic mixture that tastes amazing! Use cookie cutters to cut out fun shapes in your bread – perfect for an afternoon tea party, baby shower or an every day lunch! As an added plus, these tea sandwiches can be made ahead of time!


EASY Ricotta and Tomato Tea Sandwiches made with tomatoes and an easy homemade ricotta garlic mixture that tastes amazing! Use cookie cutters to cut out fun shapes in your bread – perfect for an afternoon tea party, baby shower or an every day lunch! As an added plus, these tea sandwiches can be made ahead of time!

Tea Sandwiches

There’s something about an afternoon get together with mini sandwiches that makes me happy. Can you imagine a brunch with friends and there’s heart shaped delicious sandwiches waiting for you on the table? Doesn’t that scream love and yum at the same time? In this super easy to put together recipe we’re going to make Ricotta and Tomato Tea Sandwiches that you can whip up in just a few minutes.

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